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Welcome to the last Pulse of April 2019! First, I'd like to thank you for being a member of the Pulse
 
April 28 · Issue #35 · View online
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Welcome to the last Pulse of April 2019!
First, I’d like to thank you for being a member of the Pulse community. Whether you have recently joined or been with us for a while. You’re awesome!
I’ll keep it short here so you have the time to do two things here:
  1. Make sure you go through the 🧠 section below. It’s an eye-opener!
  2. Take the ’Creative Type Quiz’ in the 🎮 section and let me know your type by replying to this email! (I turned out to be the ‘Artist’ type!)
- Ben from Perspective IX

🧠 Insights
Democracy? - Credit: Element5 Digital on Unsplash
Facebook’s role in Brexit – and the threat to democracy
For over a year, the Observer writer, Carole Cadwalladr, has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. Last week, at a TED talk that became a global viral sensation, she told the tech billionaires, in their faces, that they had broken democracy.
Watch the TED Talk and read the Guardian article. It will move you.

📊 Statistics
Q1 2019 Earnings are out…
Snapchat's Average DAUs - Credit: Snap Inc
Snap: Improved, but not there yet.
Despite ongoing pressure from Facebook, Snapchat has continued to hold its ground and gain some based on Snap’s latest performance numbers.
In its 1Q19 report, Snap has showed a slight increase in active users, and an increase in revenue, which can be attributable to its rebuilt Android app.
On users - Snapchat is now being used by 190 million people every day, a slight increase on the previous quarter, though still down on its 191 million DAU peak. 
View and download the complete report here.

Twitter's Average DAUs - Credit: Twitter
Twitter: Unpopular updates, but more users and revenue.
While algorithmic home feed with more injected tweets was not the most popular update in Twitter’s history, they seem to have had the desired effect: more active users.
According to Twitter’s 1Q19 report, the number of active users on the platform has increased in the last quarter - still down from what it was a year ago, but it’s enough to suggest that, at least to some degree, Twitter’s engagement nudging efforts are working.
View and download the complete report here.

Facebook's DAUs - Credit: Facebook
Facebook: Beats the expectations despite scandals.
Despite all the scandals and scrutiny surrounding Facebook, and the reports and rumours of its decline, their Q1 2019 report shows that Facebook now reaches 2.38 billion users around the world. This means 55 million new users from their quarter.
And of those 2.38 billion, 1.56 billion are logging onto Facebook every day, up 39 million on Q4 2018. 
View and download the complete report here.

📱 Tools & Apps
🐦 Tweets of the Week
Tom Warren
it still pains me that Windows Vista was my fault https://t.co/V22uYA8Rcq
2:07 PM - 26 Apr 2019
🎮 Fun Stuff
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